WHAT IS FEMINISM, REALLY?

G’day mate,

Some people hear the word “feminist” and feel intimidated. People don’t want to be labelled as a feminist because of societies misconceptions of what being a feminist means.

Feminism is defined, in the dictionary, as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

It is NOT about women wanting to have more rights than men. It is NOT about taking away men’s rights as revenge for the years of abusing women’s rights. It is about equal rights for both sexes.

One of my main role models for this is Emma Watson. She gave an amazing speech at the UN HeForShe Campaign in 2014 which I will link here.

As much as feminism is about women being treated economically and socially equal to men, it is also about allowing men to be emotionally equal to women.

One thing that Emma talked about in the speech was how feminism is for both sexes. Males should be allowed to be sensitive and vulnerable and women should be allowed to be strong and driven and visa versa.

Both sexes should be allowed to express themselves whoever they want. If you are supporting feminism you are supporting the ideas that state that gender is more than two side, Emma referred to it as a “spectrum” and I think that is the perfect word to describe it. The characteristics that define who you are as a person is a “spectrum”, there is no right or wrong way to be a man or a woman.

I used to hate the word “feminism” because I was afraid of being labelled as a “man hater” or being seen as unattractive or too aggressive my the guys in my school.

What we are fighting for is more than a word, we are fighting for basic human rights of expression, or being free of criticism and bullying because of who we are.

So from here on out I am 100% a feminist, I will feel isolated when people questions why, I will not blink when guys laugh at the idea because it’s “too aggressive. I will instead try to inform and educate these people on what being a feminist is and hopefully in doing so more people will come to understand why being a feminist is so important.

What is your opinion on the topic? Do you label yourself as a feminist?

Lil Out X

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